Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BeFly Pedals The Red Rock Loop

Bicycling, by its very nature of being an activity in a car-dominated country, tends to attract unique, independent-thinking folks.

Like Beth "The BeFly" Geohagan, who does not own a multi-gear bicycle.

Yet, she insists on biking hilly Red Rock Canyon.

Several weeks ago during a visit, Beth pedaled a tank-like beach cruiser a good 500 feet from a shopping center in Summerlin to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area visitor's center.

But, she also wanted to ride the super-hilly scenic loop, which has severe uphill grades during the first five miles.

So, on Saturday the BeFly used a multi-gear hybrid bike and not only easily biked to the visitors center, she pedaled the entire scenic drive.

She enjoyed the scenery.

Checking Out Bicycling On The Railroad Trail and In Boulder City

One of the great outdoor resources in the Las Vegas Valley is the historic railroad trail that links Lake Mead with Hoover Dam outside Boulder City.

The amazing Beth "BeFly" Geohagan biked the trail and loved the views of Lake Mead from the trail, which runs along a perch of land overlooking the lake.

The tunnels are amazing.

Then, it was off to Boulder City, where there was some fun bike life in the quaint little downtown. Check out this rig -- looks like a cross-country trip.

The cruiser bikes were used on the main street to reach the Sunday morning breakfast nooks.

Always good for a laugh, the city sign saying no bikes on sidewalks looms above the artwork showing two kids on a small trike.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sure Was Toasty On This Morning's Ride

This is what happens when I start the bike ride at 8:10 a.m. and not 5:45 a.m.

Rode from Summerlin to Blue Diamond and back. Most cyclists were off the road by 10 am.

Except me.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Red on Red at Mile 10 on Scenic Loop

Originally, I was going to ride another route and not visit Red Rock Canyon.

Good thing I changed my mind.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Biking From The Strip/Downtown To The Red Rock Foothills/Sprawling Development

Now and then, I like to throw a change of pace into my Red Rock Canyon cycling routine by pedaling down to the Strip and then back to Summerlin via Alta Drive -- the magic road that goes from downtown to the Red Rock foothills.

All uphill. It is off-limits to commercial vehicles like trucks and there's a bike lane with buffer pavement to the curb, so cars are not much of a problem.

But first the Strip. I hit the world-famous boulevard at Mandalay Bay and Luxor by zipping down Hacienda Road from Durango. Hacienda is the only road that isn't one of the main roads like Flamingo, Tropicana or Sahara but that also spans I-15 to hit the Strip. Perfect bike road to reach the Strip.

I biked through the heart of the Strip and headed for the Stratosphere.

And then to downtown three miles past the Stratosphere to the East Fremont Street area.

Then, it's off to Bonneville in downtown, which turns to Alta Drive and the ride home to the Red Rock foothills and Summerlin. When I cross Rancho, the neighborhood is filled with luxurious ranch houses and trees.

Then, as you head west of Decatur, I climb a steep hill and head west, as the economic strata transforms from working and middle class

to upper middle-class and rich as I head further west and west up Alta.

I took Alta as far west as I could, biking up and up and up the foothill.

Then a right turn, and more uphill to my highest elevation -- 3,600 feet, a 1,400-foot climb from the Strip and downtown. I have to say, not too impressed with what the builders are constructing on this high desert.


Just doesn't seem right -- looks like man maims nature.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Give 'em The Rake!

I first saw Robert Lorin Andrews' three-foot rake sticking out the side of his bicycle at the 2012 Bicycle Bash festival in downtown Tampa in early November 2012.

I snapped a photo of that beauty then, and I was contacted by Robert today on Facebook as a new FB friend.

Here is the photo Robert uses for his FB profile.

I asked Robert to offer an update on his rake strategy to keep cars away from his bicycle when he pedals in the Tampa area.

Florida drivers like to pass bicyclists at full speed with just inches of clearance. Florida law requires 3 feet of clearance. When a car approaches a bicyclist, the bicyclist needs to communicate a life-saving message in two seconds or less to people who aren't paying attention and don't care. There's no time for words. An image needs to be displayed that is instantly recognized and instantly causes motorists to drive with increased caution. My rake is that image. I've used it for several years and it works very well.

A Blue Diamond Is A Cyclist's Best Friend

It's hard to find a more peaceful and satisfying road ride than cycling from my Summerlin place to Blue Diamond through Red Rock Canyon and back. It's about 29 miles of sloping hills, which I churn out in about two hours.

In Blue Diamond this morning, several dozen bicyclists were taking a break at the small market.

I saw this cargo bike in front of one house in the little hamlet.